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Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions.

The boat overturned while it was returning from the Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, where the Godavari meets the Krishna.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening. In the evening, they made a decision to go to Pavitra Sangamam. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.

When contacted, a Simple Water Sports representative claimed that they hadn't overcrowded the boat and there were only 20 passengers on the boat.

The ill-fated boat was being operated by a private company and was said to be on a trial run. The tourists on the boat were heading to witness the grand maha haarathi ritual at the Pavitra Sangamam on the last Sunday of the auspicious month of Karthika.

Those who had life jackets on were able to escape with some help from local fishermen.

National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.

Alerted government immediately pressed disaster management forces in to service to rescue people struck in the water. They were able to save 17 persons. Search and rescue operation going on. We are in the process of identifying the victims.